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Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing
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Owner description: Where your Catalina adventure begins! We offer Dolphin/ Sea Lion trips, Coastal Sightseeing/ Eco-Tours, and the Astronomy Experience night time tour all at the best prices in town! We can also customize a private charter to suit your needs. We specialize in small groups (6 or less) and offer the attention to detail and customer service you deserve.
Reviewed August 7, 2012

We had a great trip thanks to Dave and his team. We are a family of 4 including a 23 year old and a 13 year old and everyone loved the trip. We liked the professionalism of the online booking including a reminder the day before and a thank you mail just a few hours after we completed the trip. Dave is a great skipper - very knowledgable and very friendly. He made it a very personal trip for us. We saw the sea lions of course, but Dave also found a pod of dolphins for us and that was magical. We even saw a Bald Eagle. Thanks Dave and your team for a great trip. I also thought the cost was reasonable.

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CatalinaCoastalTours, Manager at Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for the review! We call it a trifecta trip when we see a Bald Eagle, Sea Lions, and Dolphin. We work hard to provide our customers with a wonderful experience at a competitive rate. We hope to see you again this Summer!
Captain Dave Carlisle

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We really enjoyed our sea lion/ dolphin watching tour on Captain Dave's boat. He does his best to make sure everyone on his boat is comfortable and sees as much wildlife as possible. He is also happy to answer questions or share his recommendations for activities on the island. I would recommend this tour if you are heading to Avalon. I think it was our favorite tour.

3  Thank Rachel E
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Kathleen and her husband Dave are the perfect people to deliver you the real Catalina water experience which really happens in its immediate coastal environment. This family run outfit and their immense knowledge of the island plus you will get the bonus of a star studded night experience! The perspective from a small boat, kayak or snorkeling in surface waters is where Catalina's amazing marine environment will come alive for any visitor. If you come all the way out to the island and stay on Avalon's paved streets you might as well have visited any coastal town on the mainland.
The waters of Catalina are fed from the south by a counter current whereas the mainland Southern California coast is fed principally by the colder California Current from the north. This all means that the waters off the island were of the Baja coast a few days earlier. These waters have warmed, are clearer and meander up to Catalina in a very refined state! In fact they sometimes bring warmer species up with it. I can say all this with some level of expertise as I was a USC biological oceanography graduate student and worked out on Catalina for many years conducting all my doctoral field research.
Dave and Kathleen are people that showed me the island for its real beauty from all three perpectives: land, sea and skies. Kathleen's family history on the island goes back at least a 100 years so her body of knowledge extends from several generations. Lastly, going on small boat is so different from being on a tourist ferry style tour boat. Enjoy Catalina and help preserve it!

3  Thank Aylanand
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We went on the Dolphin and Sea Lion Tour. This tour was fantastic! Captain Dave knows everything about Catalina, the island, water currents, great diving areas, mammals, anything... just ask him - he knows. We were booking a parasailing adventure and just talking to him when we found out who he was. Lucky for us, since this this was by far the best tour we have been on in the 2 years we have stayed during our week long vacations at Catalina. Captain Dave was an exceptional host and great tour guide; we found dophins three times, sighted a whale and also saw numerous seal lions. He showed us several areas of 70+ foot clear water diving areas and narrated the entire trip up and down the coastline. Worth every penny and then some. Thank you Catalina Coastal Tours!!

4  Thank DVSSDP
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We went out on the evening astronomy cruise and it was wonderful. Beautiful being on the water at night, with a starry sky and great information about the stars and planets. Kathleen even had warm tea ready to warm everyone up afterwards. Great trio, great guides.

3  Thank Saysomething123
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